Recieved a Personal Message from someone, thought it might be helpful to include it on this page.
I'm really sorry to bother you, but in the below post you said that you were admitted in the first round of decisions (in early December) for Chicago. I'm assuming you applied RD because you had to pick between schools?
I'm applying RD to Chicago now, and my status changed to under review with the first batch of RD applicants on 11/25. I have pretty unlikely stats for admittance (3.49/172) and was wondering whether you knew the following:
1. Were there people who went under review at the same time as your application but didn't receive a decision until much later (especially for people with mediocre stats)?
2. For the phone calls for admitted people, did they leave voice mails if they couldn't contact you? I'm not allowed to carry my phone into work, which absolutely drives me nuts.
I've looked at LSN, and I'm pretty much on the border between the green and the yellow/red, but I'm excited that Chicago is even looking at me!
In regards to your first question, yes, there were many people who went under review the same time as me (I think they take some people in batches) I applied w/in 1 month of the opening deadline - and I recived admission in early January. I think there were many other people who went under review at the same time. I think that they sent out the phone calls all on a day or two, and then the next few weeks after that, they would end up putting people on the waitlist sporadically (It has been almost a year, so I'm not 100% sure I remember this correctly).
I am not sure if they leave voicemails, but I would assume that they would if you got in. The area code was a 773 one, so if you see that pop up on your caller ID - PICK UP!!
That being said, Chicago did have a record number of applicants so far this year, with higher quality than last year (I heard this from the Dean of Admissions personally). There is a stronger focus on GPA as well, with a 3.76/171 being the median last year, that is sure to rise as well, so a 3.49 might be tough to float to the adcomms.
Keep an eye on these message boards and you will probably get a good sense of when people are gettign calls. Don't freak out if you get waitlisted, I do know a lot of people who got in off the waitlist.
Best of Luck!!